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Joy Realized ~ Prized Heritage: Poems For Karina

A bouquet for Karina

A bouquet for Karina

I no longer do, but for nearly twenty years, I worked as a baby nurse. I’ve attended many deliveries, held hundreds of newborns and seen countless tears by overjoyed parents.  No matter how often I witnessed the birth of a newborn, though, it never diminished my awe of the event.

Babies are a miracle from God.  Their arrival into this world brings a joy like nothing else.

It was an honor for me to write the following poems on behalf of Karina (Karina’s Thought) and her husband Kevin, in celebration of the birth of their first child, a son. 

One, Two, Three ~ Joy Realized

One cry from a newborn babe,
Our lives, now completely changed.
One glimpse at a tiny face,
Our plans, now rearranged.

Two eyes gazing back at us,
Our pride, now overflows.
Two hands, reaching out in trust,
Our love, now ever grows.

Three lives making family,
Our hearts, now intertwined.
Three souls meeting finally,
Our joy, now realized.

Although newborns typically bring much joy, there is also an inherent responsibility for the parents.  God forms a child in the mother’s womb, and then delegates the upbringing to mere humans.  The good news for parents, especially first time ones, is that He does not leave them to flounder, trying to figure out what to do in trying to raise their precious little one.

Contained within the pages of God’s Word are numerous passages and illustrations, teaching us how to raise our children.  To do it right, we must use Scripture as our sole authority.  Adding in the godly wisdom of Christian mentors and prayer supporters provides the path to successful parenting, especially in these troubled times.

Prized Heritage

Precious angels,
Blessed miracles;
Entrusted to us,
  Their hearts pliable.

Priceless treasures,
Needing to know;
Dependent on us,
So, Truth we must show.

Purposed offspring,
God’s own reward;
Expected from us,
To train in the Lord.

Prized heritage,
Gifts to raise right;
Requires that by us
On God we rely.

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“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Psalm 127:3
NKJV

Many blessings Karina and Kevin!
With love, Sue
09/2014

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Joyous Friday Feature

Feature FridayLast week, my husband and I finally met our newest grandchildren.  While we love all the others just as much, holding the new ones was very special.  My Friday Feature today is a celebration of our meeting.  To commemorate that meeting, I wrote a poem describing my sentiments in holding the infants for the first time and of spending time with three of our other grandchildren.

A collage of joyous memories

A collage of joyous memories

Holding Joy

Holding joy
Embracing sweetness
Grandchild in my arms
The height of contentment

Chasing smiles
Frolicking with laughter
Grandchild running around
The ultimate in enjoyment

Finding love
Cherishing memories
Grandchild in my life
The epitome of endearment

Sue Nash/2013

For more of my poetry, see Poetry Corner

The Lovely Cross?

Unlovely Cross

Some of them are worn as earrings,
some dangled on chains about the neck.
Most call crosses beautiful,
But that depends on Who you ask.

Used to decorate our T-shirts,
Displayed on colored window glass.
Yet, for Christ, the Cross meant pain and death,
If not for us, He would’ve passed.

He died but once; that’s all it took,
Redeeming love, our souls to win.
But if not so, and it took more,
He’d surely do it all again.

The Cross, to us, will always be
A sweet reminder of Christ’s love.
Although for Him, it was not pretty,
He endured it all, for joy above.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him ENDURED the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2
NKJV

Enjoy

Cousins enjoying each other

Cousins enjoying the blessings of family!

Enjoy hearing My voice.
Enjoy My fellowship.

Enjoy counting My blessings.
Enjoy My rest.

Enjoy tasting My goodness.
Enjoy My peace.

Enjoy having salvation.
Enjoy My love.

Enjoy knowing I enjoy you.
Enjoy My joy!

“…in Your presence is fullness of joy…”
Psalm 16:11

“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

Snippets of Rain